..VoIP Hurricane Net to activate formally at 8 AM EST/7 AM CST/1200 UTC Wednesday June 30th, 2010 for Impact of Alex on the Northeast Mexico/Southern Texas coastline. Activation is expected to last through early Thursday Morning potentially. Activation will take place on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system for the duration of this event..
...WX4NHC Operations Will Also Activate at 8 AM EST/7 AM CST/1200 UTC for Alex's Impact on the Northeast Mexico/Southern Texas coastline..
Tropical Storm Alex is expected to intensify and become a strong Category 1 to minimal Category 2 hurricane. Alex will impact the Northeast Mexico/Southern Texas coastline Wednesday Morning through Thursday Morning with hurricane force conditions expected over the region. The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate at 8 AM EST/7 AM CST/1200 UTC looking for surface reports from stations in the affected area of Hurricane Alex or from Amateur Radio Operators who have contact with the affected area of Hurricane Alex through any relays or people they know in the area.
For the latest advisory information including watches and warnings, you can go to the VoIPWXNet web site and click Atlantic Tropical Products and click on the advisory information for Ida under the Atlantic Tropical Products section. You can also gather the advisory information from the National Hurricane Center web site at the following link:
The reporting criteria and activation policy for our net during hurricane net activations can be found on our web site at http://www.voipwx.net and ARRL PR on the net activation can be seen via the following link: http://www.arrl.org/news/tropical-storm-alex-headed-for-south-texas-mexico-hurricane-warning-issued
Listen Only IRLP/EchoLink capability include the following systems (We ask that listen-only folks please provide this capability and connect by formal activation time if possible):
Reflector 9508 Sydney Australia Reflector channel 8.
Reflector 9129 New England Reflector channel 9.
*KC4QLP-C* Node: 290251
*VKEMCOMM* Node: 270177
*N5API* Node: 77433
*IRESC* Node: 278173
*N1TAI* Node: 269929
A streaming audio feed has been setup thanks to the assistance of David McAnally-WD5M. The links are listed below:
Bob Carter-KC4QLP has also setup an online stream for up to 32 listeners at the following link:
An EQSO listen-only feed is also available via KC4QLP-R.
Lu Vencl-KA4EPS has also set up streaming audio capability.
See links below:
Links to the WD5M streaming audio feeds have also been provided in the Main Menu of the VoIPWXNet web site.
Below is the typical activation announcement from WX4NHC Assistant Coordinator, Julio Ripoll-WD4R and WX4NHC Coordinator John McHugh-K4AG:
WX4NHC ANNOUNCEMENT - ALEX OPERATIONS
WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, will be activating it's HF and EchoLink/IRLP station on Wednesday June 30th, 2010 at 8 AM EST/7 PM CST (1200z).
PLEASE RELAY TO STATIONS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS.
We request all land based stations as well as ships at sea in the areas affected to send us weather data (measured or estimated) and damage reports.
If you are in the affected area and normally monitor on a local Net on VHF, 40 or 80 meters, we would appreciate your checking into the HWN NET or EchoLink/IRLP Net once per Hour to receive the latest Hurricane Advisories and to report your local conditions.
Please do not venture outside during the hurricane to gather weather data.
Your safety is the first priority.
There are many constantly changing atmospheric variables that affect the storm's track and strength.
Please refer to the National Hurricane Center Advisories for official information. www.nhc.noaa.gov
WX4NHC will be monitoring the Hurricane Watch Net www.hwn.org on 14.325 MHz.
Secondary HF frequencies will be 7.268 MHz and 3.950 MHz +/- QRM, should we loose propagation on 20 meters.
EchoLink "WX-Talk" Conference Room and IRLP node 9219 will also be monitored. www.voipwx.net
WX4NHC will also monitor CWOP, APRS and MADIS/MESONET Automated weather stations in the affected area.
Surface Reports using our On-line Hurricane Report form will be monitored.
Amateur Weather Enthusiasts and ON-NHC Volunteers may report directly to WX4NHC on-line.
ON-NHC Volunteers are both Ham Radio Operators and Non-Ham weather observers that use their own weather instruments to submit "Surface Reports" directly to NHC over the Internet via the WX4NHC on-line report form. These "Surface Reports" are very important as they give Hurricane Specialists at NHC a better idea of what is actually happening on the ground level during the storm.
The WX4NHC Group continues to expand its efforts to increase the quantity and quality of surface reports to include many different modes of reception and groups of people; including HF, VHF/UHF IRLP & EchoLink, VHF & HF APRS, CWOP NOAA Program and ON-NHC Weather Observers Network.
(see our web site for more information on these programs): www.wx4nhc.org
WX4NHC is very proud to have maintained an active Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center for the past 30 years.
We appreciate all of the volunteers who help with our efforts.
OUR MISSION: TO HELP SAVE LIVES.
Julio Ripoll Architect WD4R
WX4NHC Amateur Radio Asst. Coordinator
National Hurricane Center
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net